Apple slide-to-unlock patent invalid in Germany, says high court

Patent wars among big tech companies won't have an end. There will only be more lawsuits to be filed and more abuses to be made by any party who wants to make it big in the mobile industry. All these firms will find more ways to slap each other with cases that sometimes don't really make any sense or can be considered a waste of our time.

USPTO says D’677 iPhone design patent is invalid in Samsung lawsuit

The battle between Samsung and Apple isn't over. No, it will never be over because even if one issue is settled, we can expect that more cases will be opened. The recent patent dispute between the two tech giant had other tech companies siding with Samsung mainly because the decision of the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals might set a precedent to removing choices for consumers and stifling innovation within the industry.

Smart contact lenses and teeth may be coming your way soon

If Google had their own way, all our body parts may eventually turn into "smart" and digitally enabled objects, at least based on some of the patents that they have been trying to get lately. A patent that was leaked showed that they are still hard at work on coming up with smart contact lenses, and a lot of other body-mountable devices will be coming our way, if they do get the patents and they get it to work.

Microsoft sues Kyocera for patent infringement

Lawsuits within the tech industry is not an uncommon thing, and the past few years we've seen legal battles among and between such big companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, etc. The latest one to join the circus is Microsoft, no stranger to this lawsuit issue of course, and this time, they're going after Japanese OEM Kyocera. They claim that the smartphone maker has infringed on some of their patents and is seeking financial damages but at the same time, hoping to find an amicable solution to the issue.

Rockstar Consortium to end patent wars, sells 4,000 patents

Early Christmas gift or hell freezing over (again)? Rockstar Consortium (not to be confused with Rockstar, the game developers) and patent clearinghouse RPX have announced an agreement that would transfer ownership of 4,000 patents that the consortium owns over to RPX. And as part of that agreement, Rockstar has agreed to drop all ongoing patent lawsuits against the likes of Samsung, LG, and HTC. Sadly for Google and Cisco, this announcement comes after they've agreed to settle a similar patent squabble with Rockstar last month.

Samsung wants to block NVIDIA chips off from the US

Samsung and Apple slapping each other with lawsuits isn’t the only big legal matter to watch out for in the tech industry. Samsung has gotten a new enemy in NVIDIA. Last September, NVIDIA filed patent lawsuit infringements agains the South Korean electronics giant and Qualcomm. That was the first time NVIDIA filed a lawsuit on any company after being in the business for 21 years.

Microsoft brings Samsung to court over Android patent deal

On Friday, the Redmond-based global software giant Microsoft announced that it has brought South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung to court over a contract dispute in their patent deal for Android devices. Microsoft, in very basic terms, has a contract with Samsung where it receives royalties for every Android device it sells, and it is suing Samsung because according to them, the latter has not been keeping its part of the contract.

Samsung patents rounder smartwatch, wrist strap charging

Clearly Samsung isn't done yet with smartwatches, though now it's more a question of whether it will go with more Android Wear or stick to Tizen. Whichever OS it chooses, it might already have a design in mind, as seen in new patents filed last March, showing smartwatches with less angular faces and a charging connector built into the wrist strap.
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